Understanding Bone Health: Vital For Women & Men
Our Bones: Critical for Structure and Function
Our bones play a critical role in human activity and health. We are able to stand, walk and jump — among other activities — because of our bones and the strong skeletal structure they form. Without our bones we wouldn’t be able to walk on land, as we would collapse under our own weight.
Most visual cues for bone — dinosaur fossils or skeletons in biology classrooms — evoke a lifeless, permanent structure. It’s even easy to believe that once we reach adulthood, our bones stop growing and we keep the same skeleton for the rest of our lives.
Bone Remodeling: A Lifelong Process
The truth is, human bones are active living tissues that, like our cells, are constantly being created and then broken down to maintain optimal health and function. This process of breaking down old bone and building new bone is called bone remodeling and it begins at birth and continues throughout our entire lives. In fact, we remodel our entire skeleton every seven years — that’s a complete new set of bones in just a few short years.
This constant remodeling of our bones should give us confidence in our bone health — we probably wouldn’t want to live in the same house our entire life without remodeling, why would we want the structure of our bodies to remain stagnant?
A key to optimal bone health is balance. Specifically, we can maintain our bone strength if we build new bone as quickly as we remove old bone. As we age, however, our body struggles to maintain this balance and bone strength can be affected.
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